The Church of Scotland is to review its current portfolio of buildings, with a view to closing those little used and now surplus to requirements, reports The Scotsman as it offers more context and resources on the sales.
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The Scotsman writes:
With that in mind, we took a look at the properties belonging to the Kirk that are already currently for sale or under offer across the country, including churches, halls, manses and residential accommodation…..
Their spires reaching to the sky have drawn in worshippers for centuries but as some congregations grow painfully small, presbyteries across the country are counting which churches are surplus to requirements for the modern-day mission. For the Kirk, much of church planning has been about unravelling the proliferation of church building in the 19th century…. There are simply too many churches, and an ever decreasing number of believers….
Lessons learned during the pandemic will influence the Kirk in the way forward… The churches which are the most expensive to maintain will be the most vulnerable to being shed, as will those without decent facilities….